Nimba County Flag
Ganta Holds Elaborate Flag Day Celebration
By S. Kannay Ziamo, LINA Nimba County Correspondent
GANTA, August 25 (LINA) – Mammoth crowds Wednesday took to the streets of Ganta in Nimba County to participate in events marking the observance of the 169th Anniversary of National Flag Day.
The National Flag Day of Liberia is observed on August 24 every year to commemorate the day on which the national ensign was first hoisted by the nation.
The residents, who assembled en masse to celebrate the Day, included local authorities, students, school administrators, religious leaders, marketers and
motorcyclists, among others.
The crowd led by a marching band paraded the principal streets of Ganta, wearing the national colors and school uniforms, and waving the flag of Liberia.
Several of the celebrants who spoke to the Liberia News Agency said they were glad to be alive and fit to celebrate the anniversary of the national ensign.
They told LINA that despite political or cultural differences, the national symbol should be cherished and celebrated across the nation by all Liberians.
According to them, the Liberian flag as a true identity of all Liberians should be celebrated and respected by citizens at all times and not just on a specific day.
Also speaking to LINA, two representatives from the Christian community, Mother Dorcas Suah and Mr. Alex Gaye, called on the government to redesign the country's education calendar to have students in school around August so that more students can partake in the event.
According to them, when this is done, more students and other education stakeholders will form part of the celebration.
Suah and Gray also recommended that teaching of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance to the flag be enforced in schools, particularly at the beginners’ level to ensure that the younger generation understand the importance of the national symbols.